In the winter, it’s time to enjoy warming foods – more starches, proteins and sturdy greens. Winter is associated with the element Water, according to the Taoist Five Element Theory. Water is the energetic force that governs the health and functionality of your kidneys and bladder. It is important to focus on certain foods, herbs and exercises to strengthen these organs.
Add some of the winter power foods to your menu, such as:
- Garlic – the great anti-bacterial, anti-viral natural healer
- Ginger – an anti-nausea, anti-inflammatory wonder
- Kale – a cancer-fighting immune-builder
- Sweet Potato – a low-fat, high-fiber immune booster
- Cranberries – the great low-fat antioxidant-filled urinary tract infection fighters
If you drink coffee, consider drinking herbal tea or decaffeinated coffee, since caffeine is hard on the kidneys. Have a Roasted Beet and Walnut Salad and some Kale Chili. Instead of French Fries, have some Sweet Potato Fries. One of the best winter treats is a plate of Roasted Root Vegetables. The veggies get sweeter as they bake. It’s a great snack – and it’s been teen-tested!
Contributed by Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Ph.D., MBA. Part of the Power Living® Empowerment Series.
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